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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2012: It Just Feels Right
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:46:43 AM »
I have a feeling I might end up in Michigan in the fall ;), but I'm reserving full judgment until deposit time on the 30th. 

Can anyone tell me about the Lawyer's Club living situation?  (I lived in a law student dorm during my first year of grad school...and it's not an experience I would like to repeat again--the people were great, but the building was sub par.)  I'm turned off by the shared bathroom thing, but the convenience seems to even it out. Is the LC closer to an undergrad dorms or more like graduate student studios?

I am also hoping that I can get one of those doubles with the shared living space.  Worth it?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What kind of notebook should I buy?
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:00:18 AM »
Definitely check out academic discounts, prowl online for coupons.  Just google "dell coupons" or something.  I got my new XPS M1330 with 4 year complete warranty and the top of the line everything for $1400 because I found a 25% coupon online.  It was the same price offered by my school bookstore with the academic coupon except with better configuration. (Not to mention mine is a ProductRED, not the boring black on they carry.) 

I'm proud to check the Asian box on applications.  I don't care if they use it against me or for me (which I sometimes suspect it's more a con than a pro).  As far as warped AA goes, I have always held this opinion: if a school decides to reject me based on my heritage/color/culture, than they do not deserve to have me.  There are too many other (better) schools that want me for my accomplishments, it's not worth wasting my time with schools that have bigots in their administrations.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 166: To Retake or Not to Retake
« on: April 16, 2009, 12:08:22 AM »
Snickers, I was in the same boat.  My score from the October test was 10 points lower than PT score a week before the real thing and it was 7 points below my average score.  I retook it in Feb., although I didn't hit my ideal score 174, but I got a 4 point jump to 170.  Not all of the schools I'm applied to accepted the Feb. score, but I got in a a few pretty solid ones with my October numbers. 

My 2 cents: Retaking the test couldn't hurt you if you are sure you are going to score at least 3 points above what you did last time. 

I received a 162 on my first test, but a friend of mine scored 174 cold on a practice test and when in to take the real one a couple of weeks later with no additional practice and received 168.  So, I'm guessing it's more than possible to score 163 on a first try. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L vs W&M
« on: April 15, 2009, 11:42:32 PM »
I echo the posts above.  W&L and W&M are very similar schools.  Look at their specialties and their student bodies.  From a completely neutral perspective, I think W&L has slightly better rep--but not by much. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Columbia or Stanford
« on: April 15, 2009, 06:24:11 PM »
BTW, Stanford just switched to the quarter system, so if you go there, you can take classes outside of law school with no interference to your schedule. They also just finished building the new law school building.  It's pretty nice. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Columbia or Stanford
« on: April 15, 2009, 06:02:00 PM »
Neither school will limit you geographically after you graduate.

If it were up to me, I'd say Stanford.  Hands down. (But I'm biased.)  Great weather, friendly people, no grades, fantastic professors, and you'll be in Palo Alto with SF only 30-40 minutes away.  You'll be able to slow down a little because it is so laid back there. 

That's not to say that Columbia is not great, but I wouldn't like to deal with the weather, the expense, or the hassle of living in NYC. 

UVA is an excellent choice if you want to work in D.C. or some of the other Southern or Midwest cities. the slight downside is that UVA, in my experience, is considered a more regional school than Chicago or Columbia. 

Chicago, is one of the most underrated school out there.  It should be your number contender if you want slightly broader national placement options than UVA.  You'll really be able to sell it in the West Coast, if you want to to work there. 

If you are sure you don't want to work in NYC, then it's not worth the money to go to Columbia.   

Pin down where you want to go first. 

If you want to practice in the Greater Seattle region, I'd say it's marginally better to go to SU than Zaga.  SU is literally in Downtown Seattle, so it's much easier to get job recruitment info for Seattle firms.  The bonus points being that the nightlife and social scene is much better in Seattle than Spokane.  The downside is that it's far more expensive to live in Seattle.  Something else to keep in mind, SU offers part-time classes.  So, say you get a summer job after 1L, it's a good bet that you can probably take a couple of evening classes at SU law school and maybe graduate early or boost your GPA. 

If you don't really have a preference where you want to practice and you don't really care about social scene, etc.  I'd say go for Zaga. 

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